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    Hi Guys, just wondering what settings to use for taking fireworks.
    I m using a D70
    18-135mm (D80 kit lens)

    so what settings must i set? erm.. 18-135mm what must b my focal distance? really hope to catch nice fireworks this new year eve. planning to head down somewhere near shears bridge to shoot.

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    18mm, f8-16, 4-20s using M mode set to bulb exposure

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    ISO100, f/22 (or smaller if you have it), up to 30 seconds, no need for tripod.

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    no need tripod thn how to take at 30"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarence View Post
    no need tripod thn how to take at 30"?
    dun u noe the prune position...think it was sehsuan tat did tat during firework festival...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarence View Post
    no need tripod thn how to take at 30"?
    better use lorr ... don't act smart lorrrr
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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    guys.. i still need more hint... give me some ideas which settings can give me good results... i dun want to end up with something under exposed. or over exposed..

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    i think the best advise is to:

    be there early! expect long long long chain of tripods!!!! power !

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clarence View Post
    guys.. i still need more hint... give me some ideas which settings can give me good results... i dun want to end up with something under exposed. or over exposed..
    why dun u just google?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    why dun u just google?
    cos google is down for now hehehe...

    in fact most search engines are down.
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    This kind of thing got no magic formula to shoot with. You have to shoot and expereince for yourself...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay View Post
    cos google is down for now hehehe...

    in fact most search engines are down.
    orh yeah... well, since we are still within the 12 days of christmas...

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    actually magic formula already given by sehsuan.
    Quote Originally Posted by sehsuan View Post
    ISO100, f/22 (or smaller if you have it), up to 30 seconds, no need for tripod.
    However, tripod or not is a personal perference.. just mount on a tripod to be sure doesn't hurt.
    There will be many many shots fired. After the first exposure just adjust the exposure time or aperture accordingly. Just use this search function (this one confirm working) for more details of how the aperture and exposure time affects the results of your picture.

    EDIT:
    To join in NW75's x'mas mood,
    my personal preference is
    ISO 200 (cos my cam don't have 100)
    f/11-22 (varies from f/11 to f/22
    anywhere between 5 to 20 sec exposure depending on the types of shots in the sky.
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    it really depends on how the fireworks are being fired that evening...
    if the fireworks are being fired into "different spaces" meaning no overlap then long exposures are nice... in that case... 15-30sec at F16 would be very nice...

    at the finale, usually there would be multiple bursts into the same space... in which case you may need to shorten your exposure time to say 3-5 seconds at maybe F11? (i do this coz I do not like overlapping bursts of fireworks)

    So there are some "ideal" settings... but it really depends on how the fireworks are being fired to actually decide roughly what Aperture and shutter speeds to use...

    Having said that... if you are shooting from Sheares Bridge, a good point would be to set your aperture and shutter to expose the backgrd properly, then use that setting to shoot your fireworks... should give a rather nice picture...

    Do a search on Singapore Fireworks Festival in events subforums... that should give you a lot of info already on what to expect and what cond the pple on the BSB used...

    Do take note that due to movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge, pictures would often be a little blur due to shaking...

    hope i haven't confused you... sorry for the long blabber... just my $0.02

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    for me, usually i set

    iso100
    aperture: f10 to f22
    shutter: bulb mode

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    Recommended Fireworks Settings:
    - Camera + lens on support ( Tripod ) with shutter release cable (or timer mode) and flash off
    - Focal length depend on your composition
    - Set camera to the lowest ISO
    - Set to M mode, aperture values from f8 to f16, blub mode expose from 2sec to 8 sec or slower with the help of black card
    - Set to Manual focus and focus lock on anything far away
    - Use hotshoe Spirit Level to level your horizon (optional)
    - Adjust the above settings with some test exposures before the fireworks begin
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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clarence View Post
    guys.. i still need more hint... give me some ideas which settings can give me good results... i dun want to end up with something under exposed. or over exposed..
    there are many types of fireworks shots:

    if you want the 'magic dust" effect, use f8/f10

    if you want your fireworks to be of fine lines and streaks of light, use a smaller aperture.
    fine line fireworks, photo provided by axisofjustice.

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    Well guys thanks for the tups.. those who have more tips keep posting :P
    Just a Hint where the Fireworks will be fired. herd is at Singaore River Waterfront, overherd from one of the esplanade staffs who is mending the wish counter. There will be 2 Episodes of Fireworks. at

    10pm is a 1min of fireworks

    and at

    12mn is a 8mins of fireworks

    hehe.. so happy have the 1 mins coz at least can test shot and evaluate on the spot which settings to stay with for the 12mn fireworks

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    who's going to shoot fireworks this NYE?

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    Default Re: Fireworks, What Settings What Lens To Use?

    easy... get a camera with firework mode or scene.

    ok back to serious matter. So many people have given their view, what more are you still looking at?

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